To realize a sustainable cocoa value chain, stakeholders must work together. We bring stakeholders from the private and public sector to work together to promote the addressing of key issues in the cocoa sector. Our key priorities include gender equality, youth involvement in a professionalized cocoa farming and climate change and deforestation mitigation.
For example, global supply of sustainable cocoa is hindered by inadequate farming practices, growing materials, poor GAP knowledge, little insight into human rights, climate change and deforestation risks.
As for gender equality, women are already playing a major role in diverse cocoa growing activities, however they receive far less in return than their male colleagues, for example, receiving a lower income and having little access to resources and land. Due to the current situation that leaves many farmers in poverty, youths are not motivated to join cocoa farming.
This has lead many young people to migrate to urban centers or even abroad, leaving cocoa farming communities with few young people to revitalize the cocoa farming.
Farmgate Cocoa Alliance prioritizes these key focus points when developing strategies that can have real effect on the ground. We believe that using an inclusive Bottom-Up Approach, we will be able to tackle these issues and make the sector sustainable from bottom to top.
Women lack access to farm land as they do not have capacity to own land and embrace cocoa farming as a profession of choice. Holding back efforts to build women capacity in this case to become professional cocoa farmers, automatically means women will not able to improve their lives and can’t contribute in building their community and country.
Farmgate Cocoa Alliance, is committed in promoting self-reliance in cocoa farming communities and as a result want to improve the position of women in cocoa farming. We recruit and encourage more women to participate in professionalized cocoa farming to secure income and improve their livelihoods. Farmgate Cocoa Alliance will:
- Assist women in cocoa producing countries to secure access to arable lands, suitable to produce best quality sustainable cocoa.
- Train and provide the required knowledge for proper implementation and maintenance of farms based on GAPs to improve yield and quality of cocoa bean.
- Encourage women to have additional livelihoods in the short, medium and long term next to their cocoa farming business.
- Link them to a direct market to sell their crop at a fair price, so they can continue investing in their farms.
The future of cocoa production is at stake and poses a great risk for the entire supply chain, as the will be no next generation cocoa farmers. Cocoa is and will remain, an important source of income for producers, and consumer demand will continue to grow.
It is therefore important to address the challenges related to encouraging young, educated and talented young people into professionalized cocoa farming which guarantees them better livelihoods, both socially and economically.
Climate change impacts are pushing farmers and their families deep below poverty line and exposing farming communities to higher risks in their livelihoods. Challenges ranging from changes of temperature, unusual rainfall or sunshine and as well as extreme weather events directly impact cocoa productivity which has effects the livelihoods of millions in cocoa communities.
We organize practical and theoretical training and workshops to sensitize cocoa farmers on how to adapt to climate change through improved knowledge on climate change mitigation and information on growing cocoa with zero deforestation.
Therefore, we facilitate dialogue between the different stakeholders in the cocoa sector to align their resources to drive efficient action to promote and improve the implementation of climate smart farming, particularly among the unorganized smallholders
Introducing Climate Smart Farming among smallholders cocoa farmers will help to guide them, transform and reorientate their farming methods to ensure food safety and environmental protection in a changing climate that will:
- Increase sustainable cocoa production and improve quality
- Ensure better income and livelihoods
- Improve their understanding in building resilience to climate change impacts
- Reducing and eliminating greenhouse gas emissions in cocoa communities